Out of Lockdown but Takeaway boom continues

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The Takeaway food business saw a huge rise in orders during Lockdown – and this shows no sign of changing, despite the relaxation of restrictions.

The team behind a UK food-ordering app has revealed that, despite the reopening of outdoor hospitality in April, more of us than ever are tucking into a regular takeaway treat, compared to pre-Lockdown last year.

The Foodhub platform saw a 65 per cent increase in orders between January 2020 and full Lockdown in April. The country still wanted food cooked for them and looked to support local restaurants with a takeaway delivery directly to their door.

And while many expected a slowdown or reduction in takeaway orders as people were able to get out to restaurants again, this hasn’t been the case.

In fact, they say, year-on-year, there has been a 42 per cent increase in takeaway orders in April 2021 when compared to April 2020.

It appears that, while the UK has been rejoicing in the easing of Lockdown restrictions, a few drinks at the pub are still being followed by a takeaway ordered at home, which means the volume of takeaway orders remains high.

Foodhub spokesman, Ardian Mula, said: “Over the past 12 months, ordering a takeaway meal rather than choosing to cook at home, has become something of a national pastime. However, even though families can now go out to eat, the volume of takeaway orders is not diminishing.

“There is no sign that Britain’s love of great takeaway food is at risk of dilution.”

Foodhub currently has over 20,000 restaurant and takeaway partners in the UK and is the only major food ordering app not to charge a service fee for each order.

Klarna, the banking, payments and shopping service, released its first quarterly trends reports.
Klarna’s Shopping Pulse found that, despite initial excitement following the end of Lockdown, 62 per cent of shoppers expect to still be doing most of their shopping online in a year’s time.

It also found that, if forced to choose between only shopping online or in-store, over half (57%) would choose to give up the physical experience in favour of online.

Alex Marsh, Head of Klarna UK, said: “It is evident that new habits have formed.”